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 O-2.0 Germ Damage

A          B

Portion for Analysis: Approximately 15 grams


Kernels in which the germ is discolored or moldy as a result of respiration.


Illustration shows from left to right:

Kernel A: Kernels and pieces of oats that have discolored germs as dark or darker than shown shall be damaged.

Note: Discolored germs that do not meet the minimum coverage requirement may be considered damage provided the degree of discoloration is greater than shown and the overall “prorated” appearance meets the minimum coverage and intensity level depicted.


Kernel B: Kernels containing any amount of mold shall be damage. 

NOTE: Hull must be removed to determine extent of damage to germ. Such damaged kernels are not “sound cultivated oats”.

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Last updated October 2011